Ford unveils all-new GT4-specification Mustang

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Ford Performance today revealed an all-new, track-ready turnkey Mustang racecar that’s ready to compete around the globe – the Ford Mustang GT4.

Unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Mustang GT4 has been designed and engineered jointly by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports to compete in sports car championship racing series globally, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4, and GT4 European Series. It’s inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship just last month.

“As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsport presence,” explained David Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. “The Mustang GT4 is equipped to compete and win on tracks around the globe, and we expect it to be as popular with racers as its production sibling is with consumers.”

The Mustang GT4 is equipped with the next generation, naturally aspirated 5.2L V8 racing engine specifically tuned for GT4 competition. The race engine was engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines.

A lightweight, compact six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission delivers proven race durability with direct-pneumatic activation for fast, positive and consistent gear shifts. The GT4 powertrain also carries a dry sump oiling system, ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel.

The new car has a variety of chassis features, including Multimatic’s 2013 Professional MotorSport World Expo Award winning ‘Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve’ (DSSV) dampers, bespoke rear lower control arms that are designed specifically for use with coil-over-type springs, as well as front and rear stabilizer bars from Multimatic. Other chassis revisions include new, lightweight 18×11″ forged alloy wheels from Forgeline, which house rotors and six-piston calipers from Brembo.

Externally, the car features an all-new aerodynamic package too, which includes the rear wing, the design of which was derived from lessons learned by the Ford GT racing program, a new front splitter, hood venting, diveplanes and rear diffuser. Inside, the Mustang GT4 carries a full FIA-compliant roll cage and race-oriented dash logger from MoTeC.

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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